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Knowledge Gains

Posted: April 22, 2015

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 73
First Seen: April 20, 2015
Last Seen: May 10, 2019
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Knowledge Gains is an adware web browser add-on or extension that is known to be distributed via freeware. Typically, adware creators aim to achieve a higher distribution rate in order to generate more revenues. Once installed on your PC, Knowledge Gains drops files and alters your system registry. Adware extensions such as Knowledge Gains are also known to cause multiple advertisements to be displayed while browsing. Ads by Knowledge Gains are annoying and may be in the shape of coupons, discounts, pop-ups, etc. At first glance, ads by Knowledge Gains may seem appealing to you, but in reality, they are based on your browsing history and habits. Coupons by Knowledge Gains are issued according to your search queries, so they are deemed unreliable as well. In addition, due to the several ads by Knowledge Gains, a large portion of your CPU is used. Consequently, you may notice the computer running sluggishly.

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Technical Details

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Directory%PROGRAMFILES%\knowledge gains%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\knowledge gainsHKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\f0b0e166-a716-4147-9af9-cfd879e0ce8e}